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To the secretary, Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences, Berlin   16 March 1863

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

March 16th 1863

Honoured Sir!

I beg leave to acknowledge your letter, received this morning, in which you announce to me the distinguished honour conferred on me, by my election as a corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Berlin.—1

With my sincere thanks for this great honour | I beg leave to remain | Sir | Your most obedient servant | Charles Darwin

To the Secretary | Royal Acad. of Sciences


CD was elected a corresponding member of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences on 23 February 1863; the diploma sent to CD is reproduced in Appendix III. The letter referred to has not been found; however, it was probably written by either Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg or Johann Franz Encke, who, as the secretaries for the physical-mathematical section of the academy, were the joint signatories of the diploma. The academy comprised two sections: the physical–mathematical and the philosophical–historical; the former encompassed biological as well as physical sciences (Harnack 1900).


Harnack, Adolf. 1900. Geschichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin im Auftrage der Akademie bearbeitet. 3 vols. in 4. Berlin: gedruckt in der Reichsdruckerei.


Thanks Academy on his election as a Corresponding Member.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences
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Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (II–III–120: 67)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4043,” accessed on 19 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11